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California State University, Fullerton
  • Position Number: 3136605
  • Location: Fullerton, CA
  • Position Type: Sponsored Programs, Grants, and Contracts

514483 - Research Grants Specialist-STEM (Administrative Analyst/Specialist-Exempt II)

Classificaiton: Administrative Analyst/Specialist-Exempt II
Department: Research and Sponsored Projects
Sub-Division: Academic Affairs
Salary Range: $5,022 - $9,083 per month (Anticipated hiring range is $5,022 - $6,000 per month)
Appointment Type: Ongoing
Time Base: Full-Time
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

About CSUF:
Standing on 241 acres at the heart of Southern California, the university was founded in 1957 and has grown into a population of over 39,000 students. As Titans, we believe that diverse perspectives deepen our understanding. We are committed to giving students the support they need to graduate, while responding to Californias revolving work force needs. At California State University, Fullerton we strive for continual improvement of students, staff, faculty and administrators through orientations, training programs and professional development opportunities. As part of the Titan Community, you have access to many campus facilities and services including but not limited to the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, Fullerton Arboretum, cultural events and performances in the Clayes Performing Arts Center, Cal State Fullerton Athletics sports events, Titan Recreation Center, and the Employee Wellness Program.

Job Summary:
It is an exciting time to join Cal State Fullerton as we are an in demand comprehensive University that is driven to shape the future of education and foster a vibrant community of diverse students, faculty, staff and administrators who uphold values of inclusive excellence, free speech, and an environment free from discrimination. We are continuously seeking individuals from a variety of career disciplines that share in the University's mission and core values. We warmly welcome you to consider joining the Titan Community where minds expand and opportunities flourish.

About the Position:
The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) works with other units throughout campus to seek external support for faculty research, scholarship, creative activity and institutional projects that support the educational and service mission of the university. ORSP staff assist with proposal development (Office of Research Development), proposal submission, contract negotiation (Office of Grants & Contracts), and post award support (Office of Sponsored Programs), and help to assure that research and sponsored programs are conducted in accordance with the highest ethical and regulatory standards (Office of Research Compliance). We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our team as the Research Grants Specialist-STEM (Administrative Analyst/Specialist-Exempt II). The ideal candidate in this role should have a positive attitude and an active, energetic mind that is characterized by highly ethical practices and a commitment to diversity, openness, flexibility, integrity, and kindness.

Administratively reporting to the Office of Research Development and taking daily direction from college leadership, the Research Grant Specialist-STEM will support faculty researchers in both Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) and Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM). This position requires a high level of proactive customer service in support of faculty throughout the proposal development and submission process.

Research Grant Specialists work as part of a central research support team, and, in addition to providing exceptional faculty support, are expected to contribute to campus-wide RD trainings, programs, operations and strategic planning. Under general supervision, the Research Grants Specialist-STEM works collaboratively and in close coordination with all units in the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, college deans and associate deans, department chairs, college advancement teams, faculty and staff, and campus administrators to stimulate proposal-writing. Assists faculty with identifying appropriate funding opportunities and related resources for science and engineering projects. Broadly disseminates opportunities and assists faculty in analyzing and matching opportunities to their research interests. Provides expert knowledge of the proposal development process within the designated college(s) and research areas. Provides budget development support. Reviews and edits grant proposal narratives and support documents required during the pre-award process, such as letters of support, bio sketches, and other related supplementary materials. Participates in ORSP and College staff meetings. Works in a collegial and supportive manner with the Office of Grants and Contracts, the Office of Sponsored Programs, the University Advancement Office, as well as with the Directors of Development for their designated college(s). Coordinates all pre-proposal efforts through ORSP to ensure continuity. Other activities as assigned.

Essential Qualifications:
Bachelors degree from an accredited four-year college or university and/or the equivalent training and administrative work experience involving the study, analysis, evaluation, development or improvement of administrative policies, procedures, practices or programs plus four years of related experience. Working knowledge of and the ability to apply standard theories, principles, practices, and techniques applicable to the program and/or administrative specialty to develop conclusions and make recommendations. Thorough knowledge of the policies, procedures, and outside regulations pertaining to the applicable program and/or administrative specialty. Working knowledge of operational and fiscal analysis and techniques. Ability to take initiative and plan, organize, coordinate, and perform work in various situations where numerous and diverse demands are involved. Skilled in the research, development, and evaluation of policies and programs. Ability to collect, evaluate, and interpret data to develop sound conclusions and make appropriate recommendations. Expertise in investigating and analyzing problems with broad administrative impact and implications. Ability to anticipate problems, address them proactively, and develop appropriate recommendations leading to solutions. Demonstrated ability to effectively interpret, organize, and present information and ideas in written or presentation form and use consultative and facilitation skills to gain consensus. Ability to train others on new skills and procedures and provide lead work direction. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with others.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Preferred Qualifications:
Masters degree or a doctorate degree from an accredited college or university or the equivalent work experience in a university or research institution. Previous work experience in the field of research development. Knowledge of policies and practices employed by institutions of higher education in preparing and managing research grants and contracts activities. Strong background or experience in educational research or programmatic areas. Experience in federal and private projects and grants management. Demonstrated expertise in proposal development for federal, state and foundation STEM funders (e.g., NIH, NSF, DOD, NASA, DOE). Strong grantsmanship skills with the ability to review, critique and edit grant proposals, as well as provide constructive feedback on proposal to faculty applicants. Knowledgeable of COS Pivot or other Funding Opportunity databases to help identify and find external funding opportunities. Ability to manage concurrent priorities effectively and efficiently. Ability to work independently, collaboratively, and collegially in a culturally diverse environment. Ability to develop systems and processes to facilitate a high volume of successful proposal submissions and awards.

Special Working Conditions:
Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator

Additional Information:
California State University, Fullerton celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the Universitys strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

The person holding this position is considered a limited mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting act and is required to comply with the requirement set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017.

Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

If you are applying for a staff position, please note that you are not eligible to work concurrently in a staff position and an Academic Student position such as Graduate Assistant, Teaching Associate, Instructional Student Assistant or a Student Assistant position.

Regular attendance is considered an essential job function.

Employee/applicant who submits an application for a position may be required to successfully complete job related performance test(s) as part of the selection process.

Online application/resume must be received by electronic submission on the final filing date by 9:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time)/midnight (Eastern Standard Time). Applicants who fail to complete all sections of the online application form will be disqualified from consideration.

California State University, Fullerton is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (i.e. H1-B Visas).

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Application Deadline: Sep 15, 2022 (9:00 PM)

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